Now, a little about me.... I was the girl in school who loved reading and writing, who had a strong journalistic bent, who was married to her camera and envisioned a travel writing life for herself. In school, though, I did not study journalism; now I don't know why not. I did not study photography. And, though I do love to travel, I have not carved my niche there either.
Instead, I followed a different thread of my adolescent persona. One that was deeply committed to volunteerism and "making a difference." For two years after college, I worked as a Teach for America teacher in an urban school. From there, I worked in other urban districts. At the moment, I am a stay-at-home mom of a toddler and am expecting another Tiny in March.
So, where does this leave me? In the not so distant past, I have wondered how the person I was then became the person I am now. Am I the same person, fundamentally, that I have always been? How would I have been different if I had chosen another path? Since there is absolutely no way to know, I've come to this: writing is the best way I know to pay deep, close, loving attention to the things that are most important in my life. Since being completely awake to the life I have is the primary goal, I think maybe I should write about it.
Which brings us here...to Life's Calling. Is this about what life has called me to do? In a way, yes, as my calling is to live attentively. Is this about opportunities missed? Absolutely not. Every path in my life has brought me to this moment, and now, I'm listening....